Spice of the Week: Cinnamon

A few weeks ago, we put the spotlight on Cassia in our “Spice of the Week” series. This week, we focus on one of its relatives: cinnamon.

Though a very common spice today, its origins were long shrouded in mystery. It was known in ancient Greece and Rome, but no one knew where it came from! A fable by Arab merchants claimed that wild raptors went looking for cinnamon in faraway lands and brought it back to line their nests. Brave Arabs then stole cinnamon from the nests to sell it. According to the storyteller in “1001 Nights”, cinnamon even grows on the bottom of a secret lake! But alas, the truth is less spectacular. Cinnamon comes from the Cinnamomum verum tree.

Our Cinnamon recipe is:

Devil's cinnamon
4 tablespoons ground coffee
6 dl water
2 cinnamon sticks
sugar cube
whipped cream

Slowly heat cinnamon and water, add ground coffee, remove cinnamon and pour into cups. Heat a spoon over a flame, place sugar cube in spoon pour on cognac and set alight. After flame goes out, place contents of spoon into cup. Repeat for each cup prepared. Decorate with whipped cream.

Check out Cinnamon in the Biodiversity Library Exhibition! Stay tuned!

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